Mayor Bloomberg promises 2,000 jobs at new Barclays Center
At least 2,000 jobs at the future home of the soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets will go to locals and residents of Brooklyn housing projects, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Thursday.
"Tens of thousands of people will soon come to the world-class Barclays Center, and that means more economic growth, more tax revenue, and more jobs," Bloomberg said at a news conference at the arena, which will open in September for the 2012-20 NBA season.
As many as 800 people will work at the arenas more than 220 events each year, but at least 1900 of those jobs-which include everything from "food service to security and ticketing"-will be part-time. One of the consistent criticisms of the controversial Atlantic Yards development, which includes the Barclays Center, is that it has not created as many local jobs as originally promised.
"There is absolutely no reason to believe what the mayor is putting out," said Daniel Goldstein, cofounder of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn.
The mayor's office declined to respond to Goldstein's comment.